Naka-Kon Honored Guests

ATELIER PIERROT

ATELIER PIERROT

ATELIER PIERROT is one of the leading brands of the immediately recognizable Gothic Lolita fashion style from Japan. ATELIER PIERROT dresses and accessories are inspired by gothic architecture and the fashion worn by aristocrats during Europe’s late Baroque “Rococo” movement,...
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Steve Blum

Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, veteran voice monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of "Spike Spiegel" from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the ...
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Ben Bell

Ben Bell

Ben Bell is an experienced sake professional representing the Sake Education Council. Bell boasts the distinction of being one of the few foreigners to work professionally at a sake brewery in Japan, having lived for two years in Iwate prefecture farming rice and brewing sake at the world famous...
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Sean Chiplock

Sean Chiplock

Sean Chiplock is a professional voiceover artist who has been quickly moving his way further into the industry, voicing in projects across the board from video games, to anime, to name-brand commercials. Some of his recent roles include Revali, Teba, and The Great Deku Tree in “The Legend of...
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Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair, Naka-Kon 2018 Guest

Ian Sinclair is an actor, director, and voice actor that has been working in the anime and video game  industry for over a decade. You may recognize him as the voice of Whis from Dragon Ball Z, Brook from One Piece, Dandy from Space Dandy, Rashid from...
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Dan Kanemitsu

Dan Kanemitsu

Dan Kanemitsu is an author, translator, and expert in Japanese media. Born in Tokyo and educated in the U.S., Dan’s background offers him one-of-a-kind insight as he works to adapt Japanese media for western audiences, a craft which he has been involved in for decades. Dan will be sharing his...
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KABUKI

KABUKI

Instrumentalist Mikio Sakai and vocalist Takayoshi Tanimoto, two of the top musicians in the anime industry, join Murata Tam, an upcoming drummer who...
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Nao Kurebayashi

Nao Kurebayashi

His manga is beloved by many and has even been adapted into a television series and a pachinko game! Please welcome veteran artist Nao Kurebayashi to Naka-Kon 2018!

Having worked as a manga artist for decades, Nao Kurebayashi is known for his eye-catching artwork and remarkable...
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Kill Screen

Kill Screen

Kill Screen is a convention, club, and Twitch DJ born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, currently delighting the citizens of Austin, Texas with the glory that is the Japanese rave and club scene. Inspirations include DJs and producers such as Freezer, RvNovae, Dull Machine, Kors k, Pearl...
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Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. He writes for many publications in the US, Europe and Japan, such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Christian Science...
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Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer and director. As an actress, she is currently playing Governor Pryce in Star Wars Rebels, Dr. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Zahra Hydrus in Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role, Valkyrie in Lego Marvel’s...
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Murata Tam

Murata Tam

Murata Tam is a popular Japanese drummer who, with only 18 energy-filled videos posted to YouTube, has already garnered over 10 million views! Her popularity earned her a gig drumming for the band SORAMIMI, as well as the distinction of a completely sold-out solo drumming...
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Moderately Okay Cosplay

Moderately Okay Cosplay

Moderately Okay Cosplay (John) is a cosplayer based out of Orlando, Florida. He makes cosplay from anime, video games, comic books, and more. If you can nerd out over it, he’s probably made something from it!

John began cosplaying in 2012 because he wanted to be a character from...
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DJ Chef Nguyen

DJ Chef Nguyen

DJ Chef Nguyen is a circuit club DJ who has been residing at Missie B’s in Kansas City for 8 years. Known for his transitions and mixing arrangements, he never fails to send chills down your spine. During his career, he hosted the show “Club Soda” as a radio DJ. Two years later, he transformed...
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Wendy Powell

Wendy Powell

Wendy Powell is a native of Texas and resides in Dallas with her husband Todd, her son Charlie, and their lab Janie. She has steadily worked as a professional actress since graduating from Texas Christian University in 1993, and is an alumna of the Walt Disney World College Program. She has also...
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Masumi Sendou

Masumi Sendou

Artist and educator Masumi Sendou uses the power of manga to illustrate complex ideas and connect with inquisitive minds. We’re thrilled to welcome her wisdom and talent to Naka-Kon 2018!

Masumi Sendou is a manga artist who debuted with Ecchi, a title which was published in...
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Mikio Sakai

Mikio Sakai

Mikio Sakai is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who debuted as a solo artist in February 1994 under major label Toy's Factory. Since his debut, he has released dozens of singles and albums, including self-produced work. In 1999, while concurrently working as a solo artist, he began to...
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Strangecat Cosplay

Strangecat Cosplay

Strangecat Cosplay consists of two ambitious crafters from the midwest who have a variety of passions - from cosplay to Dungeons and Dragons. They have been cosplaying and attending Naka-Kon for several years, and have been competing in various cosplay competitions since 2013...
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Takayoshi Tanimoto

Takayoshi Tanimoto

Takayoshi Tanimoto debuted as a singer in 2001 with the song “One Vision” for the anime Digimon Tamers. Since then he has contributed songs for numerous anime, games, and TV commercials. He has engaged in multiple live tours and appeared at large music festivals such as Animelo Summer...
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Xanthe Huynh

Xanthe Huynh

Xanthe Huynh is a voice actress currently working out of Los Angeles. Her years of theater training is what she believes to have aided her in the voice acting competition at Anime Expo called AX Idol. After making it as a finalist, she was invited by Bang Zoom! Entertainment to come in for an...
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